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Norstar Ship Management launches Norstar Well@Sea Program to improve overall wellbeing of its seafarers.

COSCO Shipping Specialized Carriers, a subsidiary of China Ocean Shipping Group (COSCO), COSCO Shipping Lines, has confirmed that the eight newbuild multipurpose cargo vessels entrusted to COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry (Dalian) Co. Ltd. will each feature a COMPAC seawater lubricated shaftline arrangement from Thordon Bearings. CY Engineering, Thordon’s authorized distributor in China will supply and oversee the installation of a COMPAC open seawater lubricated propeller shaft system designed for shaft diameters of 553mm (21.7in). The scope of supply, to be rolled out in two four-ship batches scheduled for August 2021 and December 2022, includes COMPAC propeller shaft bearings, shaft liners, ThorShield shaft coating, and Thordon’s Water Quality Package. Since 2007, when COSCO first used water lubricated bearings on a pair of 5000-unit pure car/truck carriers (PCTC), CY Engineering has supplied Thordon’s award-winning system to more than 90 COSCO ships, including tankers, bulk carriers, semi-submersible, ro-ros and multi-purpose cargo ships. “I think the success of this long-term cooperation is due to the high-quality products/systems and excellent after sales services provided. COSCO feels very satisfied with the COMPAC system and is leading the way in environmentally sustainable operations,” said Alex Li, CY Engineering’s Managing Director. In 2015, CY Engineering captured its largest COSCO contract to date. The order for 22 oil-free COMPAC shaftline systems also marked Thordon’s largest single order for a merchant vessel owner. Sam Williams, Thordon's Regional Manager for Asia, said: “This new order is indicative not only in the more environmentally focused seascape but also the shipowner’s commitment to sustainable operations. “Chinese shipbuilders, like the COSCO Dalian Shipyard, are leading the way in ‘greening global trade’ by specifying competitively priced seawater lubricated shaftline arrangements. China is now increasingly specifying quality products from European and North American OEMs. This is reflected in the quality of a new generation of Chinese-built ships.” The award-winning COMPAC system is a high-performance seawater-lubricated bearing system primarily for “blue water” operating environments. Specially formulated to reduce start up friction and eliminate stick-slip, an open seawater lubricated propeller shaft system offers considerable advantages to ship owners, not only in bearing wear life predictability and reliability, but they are also more economical to maintain, easier to install and are future compliant. The COMPAC system, which typically includes bearings, shaft liners, Water Quality Package, ThorShield shaft coating and a forward seal, is guaranteed to meet Classification Society propeller shaft bearing wear specifications for 25 year

Norstar Ship Management today launched the Norstar Well@Sea Program for all the vessels under its management to improve the overall wellbeing of the crew members. The program has also been extended to every personnel ashore based in Singapore, Yangon, Tokyo, and Westport offices.

WellAtSea is a start-up firm which aims to improve the overall well-being of the seafarer by introducing continuous and sustainable organizational change, with offices in Denmark and Manila. The programs are specially designed and created by health experts – medical doctors, physiotherapists, and psychologists.

The overall objective of this program is to direct activities and content that will benefit and enhance the life of the seafarer. The content of the program revolves around three focus areas:

  • Improved socialization and culture change

Activities and challenges are geared towards incentivising collaborative behaviours with their colleagues.

  • Mental resiliency and stress management

Challenges and learning courses are geared towards equipping individual with coping skills to increase overall resiliency and stress management.

  • Physical strength and improved physical health state

Exercise plans to improve overall health state of the users, while allowing individual to explore personal health goals.

The users can access the program via web-based platform and a mobile app for both Apple and Android devices. The platform will be made available for all crew members on board from 25th June 2021 which also happens to be the Day of the Seafarers. Dr. Lars Grünitz, Managing Director of NSM commented: “Our crew is our biggest asset. Improving their mental and physical wellbeing is essential for a safe and efficient operation. We are looking forward to working with WellAtSea on this exciting initiative.”

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